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administration of chris christie. the democratic assemblyman in charge of the panel investigating the scandal says he believes laws were broken and says it turn out governor christie was directly involved, this could be an impeachable offense. joining me with all the details is michael isikoff. i know that you spoke with the assemblyman yesterday. let's take a listen to part of that. >> using the george washington bridge a public resource to exact a political vendetta is a crime. having people use their official position to have a political gain is a crime. and so if those tie back into the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense. >> is it clear at this point what specific laws might have been broken? >> no, it isn't. we know that the u.s. attorney in newark has launched a review
to determine if there are any federal laws that were broken. there is also the question of state law. ironically the attorney general post in new jersey at the moment is vacant. christie had nominated his chief of staff for that but the confirmation hearing has been postponed because of this. so there are possible new jersey statutes, but clearly there are a lot more facts here that have to be developed. the chair man of the panel made it clear the investigation is going forward, more subpoenas will be forthcoming, he wants e-mail messages, text messages, documents from the current and former aides to governor chris christie because as he made clear, there are a lot of up answered questions here about who knew what inside the governor's office and what might have been told to the governor.
>> yeah. if the subpoena power gets reauthorized as a result of the special session being called on thursday, who will they be targeting? >> well, you have a number of top christie aides who are named in the e-mails. mike druniack, who is the press secretary. there was a very significant e-mail that emerged yesterday, regina igia, who has been named by christie to be his new chief of staff and at one point three hours after patrick foye sent that scathing e-mail saying federal laws and state laws may have been broken here and there is a threat to public safety, that is on september 13th of right in the middle of these traffic jams, that gets forwarded to regina igia by one of the christie appointees at
the port authority. and we did not know how she responded, if she responded, what she might have passed on. but it's a pretty significant e-mail trail that goes directly inside the governor's office and i think that's one of the things that wiz news ski and his investigators are focusing on. >> okay. michael isikoff, thank you very much. i'm sure we'll see you again. meantime president obama is scheduled to deliver a crucial speech friday laying out his plans to reform u.s. surveillance practices. he's expected to outline the obama administration response to the surveillance programs leaked by edward snowden. here is new reaction today from senator john mccain. >> there have been overreach it seems to me. sometimes these agencies have done things just because they can. i think we need a select committee in congress to go over this whole scenario. >> let's go to the white house and kristen welker standing by
for us. do you know what we're expect to go hear from the president on friday? >> reporter: well, i've been talking to white house officials over the past several days trying to get a preview of what president obama is going to announce. they won't give me any details, but we do know this, the president in his end of the year news conference signaled that he is seriously considering remove willing the collection of the bulk metadata from the government's control to the control of a private company. now, that is something that would require congressional approval, as would appointing a civil liberties advocate, that is another idea that has been talked about quite a bit here. we do anticipate that he's going to announce some types of changes. he's been under pressure to do so both from civil liberties groups, some lawmakers. he has spent this past week meeting with members of the intelligence community, also some lawmakers that have advocated for serious changes to the way that the msa stores met the take data.
and essentially tries to track terrorist activity. remember, this is something that has wrangled not only folks within the united states, but also the international community, a lotleader leaders infuriated upon learning that the united states is monitoring their phone calls. particularly angela merkel. president obama called her and invited her to the united states. so there will is a lot of pressure on president obama to do something. the question is how sweeping will the changes be. will there be just a few changes or broader changes. remember that white house advisory panel issued 46 recommendations. i don't expect that the president will adopt all 46 of those. but there will be i think some significant changes announced. >> are you guessing, what, three to five i got to say my research -- >> i've been trying to pin them down on a number. will it be the majority of the 46 recommendations that he'll
adopt? and they really won't give specifics. so i don't want to venture a guess and be wrong. but about i do anticipate there will be at least a few changes that the president announces. >> okay. kristen welker as always, thank you so much from the white house. >> reporter: thank you. let's take a look he weather because has been a wild weekend in parts of this country. a dangerous wintry mix strikes in maine. freezing rain and slick roadways there. dylan dreyer is here with our forecast. >> it was a nasty day yesterday across the east coast where we saw severe storms down in the southeast, an ice storm in the northeast that caused some very slippery roadways. but now that cold front has cleared the coastline and we will see some improvements. actually temperatures look pretty mild up and down the east coast, too. we do have lake-effect snow especially off lake ontario up near syracuse and also drawn out storm system, we have icing conditions just north of minneapolis, but we also have snow through the northern rockies and also really heavy rain you through the pacific
northwest. this is a rain and wind storm with very high wind gusts up to around 50 miles per hour. and we still could see about 2 to 3 inches of rain especially just to the east of seattle. that extends down through the west coast of oregon. and even into northwestern california. so it is going to continue to be very rainy out that way with that storm system really going nowhere fast. but most of the country besides the pacific northwest actually looks fairly quiet. minneapolis will dry out with a high of about 40 today. 43 in chicago. we're close to 50 up and down the east coast. 70s down through florida and even down through texas, too, a nice mild day for your sunday. and then tomorrow it cools back down into the 60s across texas, some scattered showers and stores along the gulf coast states and some isolated snow showers through minneapolis with temperatures dropping back down to 23. city still raining in seattle on monday and still try in the northeast. temperatures in boston look nice, 47. new york city a 50 and 53 in washington, d.c. so a welcome break from the cold
and the messy weather, but it certainly looks better as we finish off this weekend. >> welcome news for us. thank you so much. how law enforcement is going high tech. and is the tea party over john boehner? the new report that says he's coming under attack from the right. [ female announcer ] trying for a baby? only clearblue advanced digital ovulation tests can identify your four best days to get pregnant -- two more than any other test. maximize your chances of getting pregnant.
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are underrepresented in utah's political arena. in a new interview today, rudy giuliani says the george washington bridge scandal will soon blow over. >> he's handled it the best way you can. he's held a press conference. he's flatly denied it. if it is not the true, he's put his political career completely at risk. if it turns out that there is some evidence that he knew about it, he's taken the complete risk that his political career is over. i don't think he'd do that if there is any suggestion he knew about this. >> joining me now is bob engel, author of chris christie, the inside story of his rise to pow power. as you listen to rudy giuliani and his reasoning, and we'll add that we had joe scarborough talking about the fact that this will blow over, the reasons for which may be different, also noted mike murphy same thing, this will all blow over should he care to run for an election
in 2016 for the presidency. what do you think? >> i think it's 00 early. i think we don't know enough. i think other shoes can drop. i think 2016 is 50 years away in political years. and we americans very have short memories. it gets down to how much did he know and when did he know it and right now none of us knows for sure. >> when he sayou said americans very short memory, we are at the beginning of 2014. looking ahead to almost three years until the next presidential election, do you think if this all gets pluflush out, regardless what the details are, because of the passage of time he could make a run for it? >> were to turn out that he were telling the truth that he got up there and said i didn't know anything about this and if they had some concrete real evidence that that was the case, and i certainly haven't seen anything like that yet, that that would
certainly make some interesting political commercials to run against him. so i think it would all come back and people would be reminded. i also -- the other thing i don't know is if people in nebraska and iowa and outside the northeast really have the same feeling for bridge and tie ups and all that that we do here in the northeast. >> also relative to your article and what you're saying about what he knew and when, it's also the image of him being a bully. so what is the long time impact on him with that? >> despite the pact my book has a chapter called pudditting the bully in the bully pulpit, it's what you position of as a bully. he's aggressive, he's in your face.of as a bully. he's aggressive, he's in your face. to me a bull ily is somebody who steals your lunch money just because they can. and i really haven't seen christie do anything like that. he knows who his friends are. and he knows who his enemies are. and every politician i've ever
covered used it begins their enemies when they wanted to. >> earlier we heard from assemblyman john wisniewski, he's leading the investigation. he now says he believes law are were indeed broken and the governor could be impeach if it turns out he knew about the coverup. what you can tell us about wisniewski? go >> with all due respect to the chairman, i know him and i appreciate the kind of work that he does, it's really too early to start talking about impeachment for gosh sakes. we still don't know what happened. but if we do find out that laws were broken, i'm sure that he will be professional in carrying out his duties. i don't know if that will go as far as impeachment or not, though. >> i'm curious about you've written this book, you know the governor. does he approach problems like this by attacking them head-on and getting it all out there, does he circle the wagons and play defense? notwithstanding that nearly two hour news conference he had thursday. >> what surprised me is he had a
written statement when all of this first broke. what he did with the marathon press conference is really more christie going out there and facing it and taking the questions. that's the chris christie that i know. i haven't known him to go and hide very much. he may have needed some time to read everything and listen to everything that we've said on radio and tv so he can address those issues. but i think that most -- and i knew him when he was u.s. attorney, as well. i think most of the times he just faces thi thinngs head on. >> we still don't know exactly why this was done. at first it was thought to be pay back for the ft. lee mayor not endorsing governor christie. now there are theorys that it had to do with the state supreme court and positions being put there. or maybe some major development project in ft. lee where billions of dollars. what are you hearing? >> that's the whole thing. we in the media couldn't figure out, okay, so the democrat mayor
didn't endorse him. okay. fine. a lot of others did. why would anybody go to this much trouble for that. that really didn't make sense. the supreme court thing, the timing of it, rachel maddow first had that, the timing on that is very interesting. but steve kornacki on this network this morning was talking about the special redevelopment project that is really very important to this mayor. and one of the things that he really needs to have in order to get investment and make this work is access to that bridge through some of those lanes that might have been closed down. now, in new jersey, i wrote a book called the soprano state, as well, and it's all about corruption and the deal making and getting jobs for your family and friends. redevelopment and development is very, very important in this state. and so that one really caught my attention. there may be something there. at this point, up in of us know for sure what any of this was about, but i certainly wouldn't dismiss it out of hand. >> okay. bob engel, thanks for the chat. it was interesting.
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virginia, luke russert with the latest. another the day of this? this is tough. >> reporter: yeah, another day indeed. this will be the fourth day in a row that 15% of the state's population will not have access to clean safe tap water. and all of this as the workweek is right about to start. four days later, hundreds of thousands of west virginiians still have no access to safe tap water. it remains unclear when life will return to normal. >> we have employees extremely knowledgeable of the system out collecting samples and looking at flushing activities at this time. but we're talking days. >> reporter: the chemical leak is causing great hardships. at hospitals, elect difference sur elect difference surgeries have been canceled. for moms where infant, it means getting by however you can pdif elect difference surgeries have been canceled. for moms where infant, it means getting by however you can p. >> you do what you have to do.
>> reporter: ordinary tasks take on a new degree of difficulty. >> not fun trying to bathe the baby out of a dish pan. >> reporter: also feeling the pinch, the local xheconomy. >> 96% of our economy in west virginia is made up of small businesses. the small businesses are hurting. >> reporter: one ever the new restaurants open, adelphia sports bar, sat half empty on what would otherwise be a busy day of playoff football. >> this someplace usually bustling. not today. it's hurting. you are on empl our employee, they want to work. >> reporter: still they found a distraction. >> we're mountaineers all the way. >> reporter: and west virginiians are very resilient, but how resilient they could be takes stretches on to the workweek remains to be known. a notice went out that said they're still testing the water to see whether or not it will be
safe anytime soon, but they said we have not done enough testing to be absolutely positive and sure. they want to make sure that the concentration of the chemical that leaked on thursday is below the ppm. until it's below that, folks can not bathe, touch or drink the water and as you can imagine, as the days go on, people get very agitated. they're resilient, but you do want to take a shower after four or five days. >> yeah, you think? my goodness. i mean, but it goes from that to the hospitals. and the concern there. all the revenue lost for the businesses. and i know as you reported yesterday there are some lawsuits already under way against the company. >> in the millions. now, this is -- as i said, this is the beginning of the beginning. this is just the tip of the iceberg. the economic impact, a lot
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has sold at a dallas auction. wildlife advocates have criticized the sale. new reaction to the cscanda surrounding chris christie. >> it's hard for me to believe that he was blindsided by anything because he doesn't come off that way. i think we need to wait and see. there may be a point where we have to look into it. but nobody is above the law. >> he took the bull by the horns. he's held people accountable. he fired people. and i think it is a very big difference than how this administration has handled a lot of things, whether irs, whether benghazi, whether health insurance. nobody has been fired over that. >> joining me now from u.s. news and world record laura fox and rebecca singabrand. the last one you heard was a republican congressman from illinois.
is that the kind of reaction you'd expect to hear from a fellow republican? >> certainly there has been a divide between how republicans are reacting. you have some on the tea party side who are using this instance to kind of hurt chris christie's reputation further. obviously there is a long history between the tea party and chris christie. this criticism is not happening in a vacuum. on the other side, you have establishment republicans bike senator john mccain saying, look, he went out there, he had a two hour press conference, he answered every last question. and i think this issue unless another shoe drops is pretty well behind him. so i think there is a big divide here between how republicans are looking at this lane closure. >> rebecca, as lauren is saying, some are talking, but we're not hearing many republicans defending christie. you have senator lindsey graham who said the scandal reinforces a narrative that is troublesome about the guy. he's kind of a bully. then you have senator bob corker saying if they will find an e-mail that links him to it, he's toast, isn't he? so what do you make of that? >> well, that's the question.
the reaction you're hearing from some establishment republicans, even as they rally behind chrisdy oig is, again, if there were to be another shoe dropping, that will be a huge issue. that will be a problem for him, something that he wouldn't necessarily be able to surmount. so you have people rallying behind him, on the other hand, a bit of wait and see approach. interesting yes question in ter the damage is what is happening behind the scene, losing one of his top advisers just as he's stepping on to the national stage. so the question of damage isn't just this question of what happens, how are people reacting, how is the public reacting, how is the hill reacting. it's also what is happening behind the scenes. >> let's go to a look within the republican party itself because your latest article is entitled operation 2014, tea party groups target john boehner. so what is this all about? >> so there are some groups that are rallying to commissions and polls, look to go get signatures
to find a new primary challenger for house speaker john boehner. of course it's important to remember here that being the house speaker brings with it a tremendous amount of pow are and some of that power can be traps lated right back to your district. so many of his constituents back home may be frustrated with the speak, but it doesn't mean they will be ready to oust him in 2014. i think will is definitely a wait and see sort of promotion. and this may be more of a press than apactual serious challenge. >> your thought, rebecca? how big a threat does the tea par party -- >> we've heard the chamber of commerce saying it will be redoubling its efforts to work on behalf of prohibition establishment republican, protecting them from tea party challengers. so you're being seeing a little bets of the jockeying now as 2014 develops. john boehner, if there is any question as to what will happen to him, i don't think he's
necessarily at this point waerg about this particular challenge. >> the 2010 tea party revolution, if you have, was one thing. but how much influence does the tea party have right now in the republican party? >> i think among the base and among districts that are very conservative, they have a lot of power. but i think when we're talking about 2016 and looking ahead to the presidential election, i think some of that power may wa wain. when we look at 2014, health care will be the major issue that tea party republicans will be campaigning against. and also establishment republicans. but i don't think we'll see the kind of wave election that we saw in 2010. and i certainly think that by 2016, most of the tea party power will have subsided substantially. >> and rebecca, your thoughts on that. >> absolutely. and what we're seeing now also is again we've heard it before, we're hearing it again, the establishment pushing back, standing behind candidates who they see as more electable in the face of challenges from
those further on the right. >> okay. ladies, lauren, rebecca, good to see you both. thank you. in today's office politics, the "today" show kathie lee giffo gifford, before today america knew her as a woman who could dish it right back to regis philbin, but she's passionate about broadway and in a life long dream come true recently. but first back to regis. >> he was the old pro when i joined him in the talk show arena. he's the one that really forged that -- he was the first person that talked about his life and stuff like that in a totally colloquial way with no writing and all of that. and it was perfectly made for my sense abilities. i've been a live performer all my life, i was an actress and singer since i was a young girl. so just to let it rip, totally unpredictable, suited me so much better. i was working at "good morning america" at the time and at that
time it was a scripted lays. so i loved the freedom to just be a goofball and i fell in love with him and to will day he's one of my dearest friends in this world. >> how is it that you do your music, that you produce broadway shows in your spare time? >> my daddy always used to say honey, find something you love to do and figure out a way to get paid for it. i'm still waiting for a way to get paid for my theater work. that has put me way deep in the hole. but i worked 13 years on a musical that opened and closed very quickly sadly on broadway last season called scandalous. about the life and trials of a woman who has fascinated me since i was in college. i wouldn't have missed a day of the experience of it. we did it, i collaborated with two brilliant musicians. i wrote the book and the lyrics and some of the music with them. and we were own any nominated for my leading lady's performance, just in my mind and the broadway performers are the
finest performers on the face of the planet. you cannot put anybody up -- they do everything. and they do it eight shows a week and they don't complain and they're amazing. so when she got her tony nomination, it seemed to me we all wore condition firmed that we had put on a show that was worthy. >> if you could name a highlight of your career and/or that person that you would still love to get for the interview, because you've interviewed everybody. >> i think the highlight has to be opening nice of my broadway show. >> really? >> uh-huh. other than raising my children, being that faithful to a project that i felt called to do and watching the audience just the few weeks that we were open, though, on their feet after every performance just sobbing and cheering, that was -- could i life a lifetime on. there are so many people i admire. i've never interviewed meryl streep except on the red carpet how are you.
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we'll throw up a full screen. what do you think? >> my krystal ball tells me this is going to gravity. 12 years a slave led nominations with seven along with american hustle, but the hollywood foreign press association loves sandra bullock and george clooney and they tend to go for lighter movies in this category. so i think gravity will win. >> let's look at the best movie comedy. full screen is up. weigh in. >> this one i think definitely american hustle. he did not win for silver linings play book and they like to make up for maybe when they didn't to right in the past. this was critically acclaimed. viewers loved it.dfo right in t. this was critically acclaimed. viewers loved it.o right in the. this was critically acclaimed. viewers loved it. so i think this is his. >> i think i agree. let's go with best tv drama
series. >> this is a hard one. but i'm going to go with breaking bad. breaking bad had never won and this is its final chance to win. the series has ended. the dark horse here is house of cards, but i think it will be breaking bad. bryan cranston and the show deserves it if nobody else does. >> and they may have deserved it in the past. best tv comedy? >> i don't know if people will agree with me, but i'm saying brooklyn 99. this is andy sandburg. golden globes take chances on people. girls has been there, done that. modern family, same thing. brooklyn 99 has got a lot of buzz. andy is the it guy. i think he'll win. >> hasn't modern family been the big winner usually? >> it usually is, but this season has not gotten as much buzz.
and you have to keep the awards fresh and interesting. and the hollywood foreign press knows the way to do that is to introduce new shows, try something different. and how gfunny would his speech be. >> i'd love to get aed nod to parks and rec. i love that show. >> it's a good one. and amy is nominated and she's also hosting. so how could would it be if she actually won. i agree. >> and have you noticed isn't it like two thirds of the women nominated are over 40? what does that tell you? >> absolutely. i love this. i think amy poehler said it best. she said that it means women in hollywood have longevity. before you would think as an actress after 40 what do you do. because so many roles diminish and go away. not this year. cate blanchett, sandra bullock, meryl streep, amy polhlpohler, roberts. i could go on and on.
it's not just for the young anymore. >> and we have women hosting the show. let's talk about them 37 tina fey and amy poehler, what has baept the. >> people love them. they don't write their jokes too far in advance. they don't want to put that pressure on themselves. they're fun any without being mean. which was ricky gervais' big fill. he was too mean to the people in the room. the first monday damage will be very star-studded and in real life, they're best friends so they have that chemistry that is undeniable. sglefrn t sglefrn t >> even the commercials, i start cracking up. >> they're funny and smart. and like you said, it's women this year. either eye been a boys' club so long. it's nice to have the ladies back. i can't wait to see what they will bring tonight. >> i can't wait to talk to you when it's all said and done to get the behind the scenes scoop.
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surveillance programs. in a new interview today, john mccain said this should only be the beginning. >> let's face it, when one guy who works for a contractor is able to reveal all this are information and supposedly there is much more that he hasn't, then there is something wrong with the system right there. is there anybody that believes that this system is not broken in many respects? i think not. >> joining me now, adam schiff, member of the intelligence committee. welcome. nice to see you, sir. >> you, too. >> so possible changes here. the ones that have been reported so far would include extending privacy protections to nonu.s. citizens, creating a new job for the advocacy issues, and perhaps most importantly, reforming telephone surveillance so the data is stored by the phone companies, not the nsa. you're the one sponsoring for the bill calling for that last one. do you think that will be included in the president's reforms? >> i certainly hope so.
several of us had a meeting with the president last week and he kept his cards pretty close to the vest. but he's doing the animal cysal each, saying what impact does it have, what costs are there if any. so he's doing exactly the right analysis. so where he'll ultimately come down -- >> would they not just be something like a holding tapping for the nsa or would it be difficult to get that information on a case by case basis? >> it wouldn't be difficult to get the data. i think the government could still get the data in a timely way to protect the country. but these are records that the telephone companies keep
themselves for their own business purposes. obviously in order to bill us for our calls and to make sure they have records that there is a dispute down the road, they keep them for a certain period of time. fcc requires them to do that. i think the american people would feel more comfortable with the private companies keeping their own day than the government vacuuming up all the information in those few cases for those few cases where it actually needs to use it. so i think it is more respectful of the privacy interests of the public. >> one of the proposed reforms is a privacy advocate who would then argue in the fisa court. this would seem like a lot of common sense to people, but as it stands now, there is no one arguing against the government at fisa hearings. so what kind of system do we have in place at the moment, is it adequate? >> i think it certainly can be improved and a number of the fisa court judges have spoken out publicly and advocate for
this independent advocate. one thing he was heartened at at that meeting at the white house, there seemed to be fairly broad agreement on this point that there should be some form of adversarial process. what now is at stake, what will the model be. will it be somebody appointed independently which i recommend because i think it would give the public more confidence that it truly is an adversarial process. but i think we're heading that direction. >> i would like to ask you about some breaking news that we've been getting here about the white house and tehran having announced that the iran nuclear deal will go into effect on january 20th in terms of iran beginning to eliminate its highly enriched uranium. it will allow in the u.n. inspectors. s the u.s. will ease up on sanctions, not remove them. what is your reaction? >> i think it's positive news. sanctions, not remove them. what is your reaction? >> i think it's positive news.t sanctions, not remove them. what is your reaction? >> i think it's positive news. we had this sbher rim agreement reached, but in terms of trying
to get the final details on implementation, there were a number of problems that have now been overcome, so that agreement will now go into effect. it will mean the blending down of the 20% enriched uranium, it will put a cap on 3% or 5%, how much they can have during the interim period. it will halt work on the reactor. all these things very significant. where it will lead ultimately to that final agreement or it will end up collapsing, no one can say, but i think this is the best opportunity diplomatically to resolve and put an end to this nuclear weapons program or program with that potential in iran. so i think we have to pursue it. >> so you say 3% to 5% being the amount they were allowed to have. and we've seen a report saying they would begin to destroy some of its stockpile? >> they have to blend down the 20% enriched uranium. they can continue to process 3%
to 5% as long as any additional increment is removed on the back end. the net result being six months from now they're not allowed to have anymore 3% to 5% enriched uranium than they have today. but the kind that is of most concern to us is the 20%, that is the more highly enriched uranium and that will be gone during this period. so i think that is an important step as well as these very rigorous and much more timely inspections of the iranian facilities. it's not a perfect deal by any means, but i think it is a positive step that will test the iranians and find out whether they're serious about walking away from the problem. >> all right. adam schiff, many thanks. the democrat in will charge of the probe in it to the george washington bridge scandal has strong words to say about what is next. [ coughs, sneezes ] [ sniffles ] i have a big meeting when we land, but i am so stuffed up, i can't rest. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. they don't?
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the president's plan to change nsa snooping. how far will tech companies go to protect users. it is my pleasure to introduce the president of the united states. barack obama. >> and the opportunity of a lifetime. the story behind a young girl's chance to introduce the president and you're going to meet her. welcome to weekends with alex witt. it's just past 1:00 p.m. here in the east. we begin with breaking news from overseas. the white house and iranian foreign ministry have both announce that hd that beginningy 20, iran will allow more frequent inspections of the country's nuclear facilities. in exchange the u.s. will begin
rolling back some of the sanctions which have taken a major toll on iran's economy. we'll get reaction from iran, but first let's go for the white house, chris tekristen welker s by. >> reporter: president obama welcoming the news that that iran deal has been finalized today. this is something theed o this is something theed ministrn has been working on and if the deal is ultimately successful, the president would be able to claim this is a major fosh pore policy accomplishment, underscoring the fact this is a six month deal aimed attesting iran's seriousness. there are lawmakers on capitol hill who feel as though this deal doesn't go far enough. they want to see new sanctions imposed. let me read you a little bit what have president obama had to say today in a statement. he had says unprecedented sanctions and tough diplomacy helped to bring iran to the
negotiating table and i'm grateful on our partners in congress who share our goal of preventing iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, imposing additional sanctions now will only risk derailing our efforts to resolve this issue peacefully and i will veto any legislation especially acting new sanctions during the negotiation. that last sentence is really key because a majority of senators right now support a bill that would impose new sanctions if iran were to break any part of that deal that was just signed off on. the administration says if that were to happen, if that legislation were to pass, that could derail this deal. but a lot of members of congress feel they want the deal to have more teeth. so that is the debate under way right now, but certainly the white house welcoming this news today. >> i just want to double check here. that which is under way in the senate on capitol hill with regard to new sanctions, is it only going to happen -- would there be a catalyst for to be
put into place? >> exactly. >> only if iran were to break this temporary six month agreement? >> reporter: that's right. so it would essentially only go into effect if there were some type of trigger. if it were perceived that iran were breaking this agreement. now, i also want to be clear, at this point, there are no plans to actually start debating that bill. however, it's significant that a majority of senators including several democrats, senator robert menendez, one of the authors of the bill, believe that there should be who are sanctions. they say sanctions are essentially what brought the deal about. they think it's effective. the white house disagrees. there have been discussions behind the scenes with the administration urging members of congress to hold off on any new bill or legislation to impose new sanctions. >> okay.
kristen, thank you so much for that. joining me now where a view from iran is the tehran bureau chief joining me on the phone. let's get to what the iranian government is saying about all this. what are you hearing? >> reporter: iranian deputy foreign minister has been involved it if all the negotiations especially the last crucial negotiations in geneva. negotiations especially the last crucial negotiations in geneva. negotiations especially the last crucial negotiations in geneva. negotiations especially the last crucial negotiations in geneva. negotiations especially the last crucial negotiations in geneva.s especially the last crucial negotiations in geneva. he gave a press conference saying they had resolved all their issues and the deal will be inch ple chltmplemennch plmp. the deputy foreign minister said that about $4.2 billion of frozen iranian money will be released back to iran and in return, iran was going to dilute 20% enriched uranium every three weeks. so this is the elusive first step that seems to have been
reached in a deal that will be over the next six months to implement a broader deal. but that's what they have agreed to so far according to the iranian deputy foreign minister. >> and on january 20, what exactly will happen? >> reporter: well, iran will then start diluting some of its enriched uranium and it will start receiving money that has been frozen because of the sanctions. it's $4.2 billion which will be given for iran in eight stages. so to break it down roughly over six months while they negotiate the deal. so it's a good will test for both sides until they can make a deal. >> okay. interestingly, just thursday, the ayatollah called the u.s. the devil. so the timing of this, is it surprising that both sides were
able to reach the agreement now is this. >> reporter: i don't think so. he's never hidden any punches about high schos dislike or dis. he's never hidden any punches about his dislike or distrust. he wanted to get the u.s. off their back, but it doesn't mean the godoors will suddenly open and they will be kissing and making up with the u.s.. this is to say the relationship won't change, we were forced to do this deal just to get these guys off our backs. he was also very specific about the point that he kept saying that sanctions haven't brought iran to the negotiating table despite what america has been saying. he says this is just a necessity that had to be done. >> all right. thank you. well, the george washington bridge scandal could have major implications for governor chris christie's national ambitions. but this morning reince priebus argued if anything, the past
week has highlighted the governor's qualities. >> i think what you saw the other day was leadership, was something that showed that, look, every is fallible. i'm fallible. you are. everyone on these panels. we all make mistakes. but the real question is what do you do when mistakes happen. there is no question he admitted mistakes happened. he admitted he trusted people that lied to him. >> meanwhile democratic congressman cummings at the house overitem committee said in no uncertain terms that the inquiries and investigations should lead wherever they may. >> i think we need to see what comes out. frshould lead wherever they may. >> i think we need to see what comes out. inquiries and investigations should lead wherever they may. >> i think we need to see what comes out. fr when i look at christie's style, it's hard for me to believe he was blind sided by anything.when i look at christi, it's hard for me to believe he was blind sided by anything. he doesn't come off that wap about i think we need to wait and see. there may be a point where we have to look into it. but nobody is above the law.
and now john wisniewski in charge of the investigation tells nbc news that he believes laws were broken and if governor christy christie knew about it, that could be impeachable defense. michael isikoff joins me. i want to begin with an interview yesterday. >> using the george washington bridge, a public resource, to exact a political vendetta is a crime. having people use their official position to have a political gain is a crime. and so if those tie back into the governor in any way, clearly becomes an impeachable offense. >> he's using if, but how confident do you think he is that laws were broken? >> well, he made clear in my interview with him that he doesn't find the governor's account credible. but this is all going to be based on what emerges in the
investigation. which is ne wisniewski is in charge the investigation. he'll get subpoena power on thursday. and he made clear he is going to be subpoenaing e-mails, private and official, text messages, documents from current and former aides to christichristie. in the new doichlt ew documentsn friday, we learned of other 5 aides who had knowledge of this, particularly regina egea who has been designated to be the new chief of staff, she got forwarded an e-mail on september 13th from patrick foye the executive director are of the port authority saying laws may have been broken here, public safety has been endangered. so one key question is what did she do in response. did she inform christie or anybody else on his staff about this. i mean, those are some of the crucial questions that have yet to be answered.
and i think how this plays out, what documents emerge, what answers are given will be critical to see willing or not this goes to the next stage that wisniewski is talking about. >> how much do you think that e-mail that you were just talk you go about to are a geereginaw much is that one the potential smoking gun? there is no paper trail from that one? it stops cold with her? >> well, right now in what has emerged so far, that is it. now, remember, what has been released are the documents and e-mails turned over by wildstein who took the fifth amendment last thursday. he 46-what regina egea did after that, who she might have e-mailed, who she might have talked torsion he may not -- wildstein may not have been copied on that but that is why wisniewski wants to see her e-mails and other e-mails from inside the governor's office. it will be very interesting to see whether christie tries to
invoke executive privilege here which other new jersey governors have done in the past when they got subpoenas for e-mails. if governor christie will fully cooperate, it's clear we'll see a lot more e-mails and text messages. >> okay, michael, thanks. four days without tap water. there is growing frustration after a chemical spill that now appears worse than first thought. can't take a sick day tomorrow. [ coughs ] [ male announcer ] so he can't let a cold keep him up tonight. vicks nyquil. powerful nighttime 6 symptom cold and flu relief. ♪ ♪ ♪
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the water will be safe gaagain. and that is creating frustration. local officials have done a pretty stellar job of having water distribution centers up and running continuously. but as money comes and the workweek starts, we could see businesses remain closed, schools will definitely be closed tomorrow. and life is very far from back to normal. >> i was going to ask how people are coping, but i don't know. you just sort of get by. >> imagine new york city after sandy where all you could hear about about, oh, there is no power above that certain street level and the world is ending. just imagine if new york city did not have access to tap water even 300,000 people in new york city did not have access to tap water for four or five days now heading in to the workweek.
you might have armageddon. people here are resilient, but their patience is starting to wear just a tad. they want their water and they want answers. right now no one has an answer as to why it leaked out and when it will be safe again and why they were next to a river in a containment facility that was not adequate. >> i was going to say, we have to stop talking on you can get on that. thanks very much. she's an admirable young lady who played a key role in a white house event and you'll find out about her meeting with the president when she joins us in just a moment. [ male announcer ] this is the story of the little room
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gentle voice about you. not when you were behind the body y podium. did you practice? >> i did, but not like how i imagined it. >> not with the delivery. so tell me why first of all you were at the white house. >> i was at the white house to d introduce him because he's making promise zones throughout the united states. >> to make sure no kids get left behind and money is put into the promise zones. talk about the education you're getting at the harlem children's zone. >> i've been there since pre-kindergarten and all my life, they have helped me get to where i need to be. and now that i'm in high school, they're helping me find colleges as early as now. >> all right. do you feel the pressure? they're telling you you got to start keeping up your grades? >> i've always been good at keeping up my grades, so i think it's helping me to make sure. because that's what they're there for to make sure that i get there. >> so it's interesting because i
was looking at your background and you have one. this is not the first time you've met a world leader. you also met prince harry. so who is your agent? >> i don't have an agent. >> how did you get to do that? >> my school also. >> so are you a leader in your school some because not everyone gets to introduce the president or meet prince harry. >> i think because i've always been an honor roll student and strive to do the best. >> so what is next, where are you going? >> i want to make it to the top. >> and you're not there yet? >> no. >> i like your style. we'll have to stay in touch because i have a feeling you'll be back on this set talking about things you do again. thank you so much. it's wonderful to meet you and you're impressive and i'm a mom of two kids and i'd be really proud if you were my kid, too.
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mistakes, you take corrective action, and that is what chris christie showed. he stood there for 111 minutes in an open dialogue with the press. >> so we have those quotes from the two people before. you called around to all the early primary and caucus states. is this the general sentiment that you're hearing? >> it's pretty clear that the republican establishment is sort of starting to get on to the same page or at least starting to read from the same set of talking points about how chris christie can move beyond this. they're all saying over the course of the next two years that this primary race will be fought, that christie can use this to portray himself as somebody who took responsible action. i had several folks also point out that it showed us a side of christie that didn't come through in some of his more combative press conferences over the years, it gave people an opportunity to see that he can say i'm sorry, he can show contrition, he can be a little bit sort of warmer around the edges. and that that could eventually
wear well. that said, will this is all sort of under the umbrella of acknowledgement that this is a big problem for christie and if something else comes out that shows he wasn't telling the truth, he can forget about it so to speak. >> on the heels of what you just said, there is another quote i'll add from your report, that it's refreshing to see a leader step up and take responsibility. but i'm curious were there any republican officials with whom you spoke that did not come to governor christie's defense or did that have positive things to say about how he's handled everything? >> privately i would say there is a lot of concern about how this could play out through a prolonged nominating fight. you remember in 2012 the republican party was dealing with this fracture between the conservative base, very unhappy with the establishment in their own party, and the establishment that is really at this point concerned about putting up a candidate that can beat hillary clinton. and so this is something that gives potential ammunition to christie's challengers.
and we heard from one of those possible challengers today on "meet the press," rick santorum, if you want to listen to what he had to say. >> i have several concerns about it and one of the concerns i have is a good friend of mine used to tell me personnel is policy. and the people that you hire are the policies that are implemented. >> so you can see that there are already people out there trying to tie christie to this even as he is issuing the blanket denials that he has nothing to do with it. you also saw rand paul cracking a joke at christie he's expense. so that dynamic could potentially damage christie who is viewed as someone with a clout to take on a person like hillary clinton. >> and interestingly, you've also said there might be concern that his reputation as a reformer would be hurt by this. what do you mean by that is this. >> one of the things that attracts a lot of even some of the tea party base, while there are conservatives, social conservatives in particular, that are nervous about christie, his personality has appealed to
some in the party over the years because of his brashness, because of his willingness to take on special interests. he did that in new jersey, he's famous for taking on the teachers unions, he's reformed the pension systems. but this episode sort of paints him as somebody who is running an administration that is doing in fact the opposite of that, who is contributing to the problem, who is causing the kinds of issues that cause voters to say, hey, what are you doing? why did we put you in charge. so if his reputation for being that kind of a candidate takes a hit from this, it could hurt him in the long run. >> okay. casey hunt, always good to see you. thanks so much. this coming friday, president obama will outline the changes he thinks should be made at the national security agency. speaking this morning, senator john mccain said he thinks congress may need to form a new select committee to oversee the spy agency. >> there have been overreach if t. seems to me. sometimes these agencies have done things just because they can. is there anybody that believes that this system is not broken
in many respects? i think not. >> the the president and other white house officials have spent the last months speaking to top tech company executives about the way the nsa pulls information off the internet. >> the goal the president i think has set here is to take measures that create more transparency, introduce reforms that improve the system in a way that gives the american people more confidence. >> that confidence was shaken after the revelations from edward snowden. and in next month's wired magazine, though online now, those revelations raised more than a few eyebrows at the tech companies. tea steven levy wrote that story and it's a heck of an article. there are just pages and pamges of this thing. let's talk about what happened friday.
representatives from some of the top tech companies were getting a preview of what the president will propose later this week on friday. how much did they know about the nsa surveillance programs before the snowden revelations? >> they knew some of it. their nightmare began on june 5th when it came out from a snowden leak that there was some program called prism that had the companies provide information often without warrants to the ns after the. they never heard of primary, but there was program they had been cooperating with that forced them to do just that. original reports reported the nsa had a direct pipeline if to their servers. and that wasn't true. but the companies had to deal with that and there were things they still cooperate say about it that they were frustrate that had they couldn't communicate to their users. and after that we learned about more things where the nsa without the company's knowledge or permission scooped up foreign
mass specifically there was one case of a program where they got the into the traffic that went between the data centers of google and yahoo!. >> many of these companies have spent years and millions of dollars protecting their systems from hackers. did they not see this coming from the government or did the government do it in a different way that would not have been like an illegal hacking? how did they not know this was happening? >> that's a great question. because these are the people who know the technology, they're the people who advance the technology. and you would have thought that they would have seen this coming. because no one operates information on a scale of what google does. nonetheless they were shocked to find out this massive hoovering,
sucking up of information was being done there. i was told first our security efforts are were directed towards sophisticated hackers and thieves. and after the china exploit, they said we thought these kinds of governments were our foe. now our main foe is the most sophisticated. in other words, companies like google and yahoo! and microsoft are organizing to fight the united states government. that is their number one adversary. >> and i want to read you snag senator ron widen said. what is also clear to me is that decisions about the future of these programs are being made now and that takit is a crucial time. so timing wise, revelations about the nsa surveillance, what does it mean for us and the way we enter act? >> the companies spent years and years dwinsing us to be comfortable with sharing
information with them. their deal to us is, okay, you share this stuff with us, and we'll make your life better. we'll connect you like on facebook, we'll give you great searches. and the other element says by the way the government may also have your information. particularly troublesome for people who aren't americans. and president obama didn't do the tech companies a favor by saying don't worry, we're only really spying on overseas companies. these tech companies have over half their business overseas. so it wasn't a welcome comment.. it's interesting to watch what president obama will say next friday, whether he will address this. one of the recommendations was that they treat foreign nationals with respect to privacy like they do with americans there. that will be pretty tough for the nsa to implement. interesting to see how far they go along that path. >> that particular one seems to
be the tough one in every article i've read. as you suggest, thank you so much, a great article in wired magazi magazine. in today's office politics, kathie lee gifford talk about her husband, her kids and her best memory. but first a detail you may not have known before now. >> people don't know i think that you were born in paris, france. >> yeah, weird. i was born in the american hospital. >> where my mother was born, as well. >> really? incredible. [ speaking french ] >> we're done. >> i think one of my daddy's happiest days, and it's a little self-ser self-serving, when i got my big break in the business, it was on a show called name that tune and it was out at the nbc studios in l.a.. and my daddy came all the time, my dad and mom always supported everything i did.
and my daddy and mom came to see me for my last taping day. i was raised treat everybody the way you want to be treated. the golden rule. we were leaving that day, and it makes me cry because i think it was my most proud moment and it was nothing to do with what i had accomplished. the guard said can i tell you something? and my dad said, yes, thank you kindly. he said can i tell you snag every time your girl came through that gate, love came with her. my daddy started to cry like i'm still crying. first of all, i lost my daddy 12 1/2 years ago, so it's still fresh wheith me. but those are the moments where i felt like i was truly being the person that not only god wanted me to be, but that my parents wanted me to be. that is success if you can say every time that person came through the door, i felt love. and that's what i still strive for every day. and the days that i don't, that i don't -- that i let people down or that i'm just too tired
to be that kind as i want to be are the days that i consider my unsuccessful days. >> but you know what, i love listening to this because i love it when the good guys or good girls finish on top. look at you. >> well, thank you, sweetie. i appreciate that. >> do you worry at all about cassidy and cody both of whom have entertainment aspirations? we see cody on the show doing the weekend movie reviews. that was fun for him to do that. but he's done film school. cassidy is an actress. as you say, it's a tough business. >> yeah, i don't have parents have the rights to dream their kids' dreams. my job was to raise them up to make their dreams come true, make them the kind of individuals that after they have been someplace, somebody comes up to me and goes mrs. gifford, every time your kid came through the door, love came with them. i would be satisfied with that. and that is what is happening. my kids are not saints, but thank god no mug shots yet.
the day is young, however. >> so high profile marriage. this stud muffin of a guy, you're the glamour couple. it's hard, though, to live under the microscope. >> you said the right thing, under the microscope. what you do expect when you're in our business is the spotlight on occasion. and that you can deal with. but a microscope, if something is left under nooet it for too long, it burps up because of the intensity of the lens. i had to get out of it for a while and i had to get my kids out of it and i never loved my career more than i loved them or the lord. and i was willing to walk away in an inconstant and still am. still am. i'd walk tomorrow if i felt like i'm no longer supposed to be here. or my family needed me. you have to live your life with certain values. so i'm just blessed. i don't have the world's best hair. you do.
but other than that, i'm blessed. >> yours is darn good, girl friend. >> i have a lot of help. and something on my tooth. excuse me. >> what you see is what you get with kathie lee, which is why we all love her so much. there are more millionaires than ever on capitol hill, but will lawmakers too wealthy to understand the hardship of americans? the big three weigh in next. an irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him to a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but now, with once-a-day xarelto jim's on the move. jim's doctor recommended xarelto. like warfarin, xarelto is proven effective to reduce afib-related stroke risk. but xarelto is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. so jim's not tied to that monitoring routine. [ gps ] proceed to the designated route. not today.
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what is it that make this is scandal surrounding governor christie any different? >> i think jersey is ripe for construction and politics because they have so many jurisdictions and so many offices and people tend to view the offices unfortunately as ways to line their pockets. the christy scandal has nothing to do with personal enrichment as far as i can tell. it's basically an abuse of a federal facility that could have had very dangerous implications and done for political retribution. and while there is nothing that directly ties the governor to the instigation of the caper or the dirty trick or whatever it was, i think there are now some suggestions emerging that there were efforts to tamp down questions. and you're really now dancing around the edge of a possible
coverup. and i hate to makt i wisay it, wasn't the crime, it was the coverup. >> and were there laws broken? we do not know at this point. robert, the "l.a. times" article has a quote from a political columnist that reads there is an aggression in the culture here, there is also a higher tolerance for people involved in it corrupt activities in public life. do you think that culture may have played in to the situation with the lane closures?do you t have played in to the situation with the lane closures? >> its eye possible. what is interesting is when the dep pew if i chief of staff wrote an e-mail time for traffic problems in ft. lee, the person responded back and said got it. so the culture was of such that they knew exactly what they were doing. but to go back to your earlier question, i think this is important, i think another reason why this is such a big story is because it goes against what governor christie's brand really is or what he portrays it
to be. he's supposed to be a reformer with result, someone who is an i said who shoots right down the middle. he was elected four years ago and this past november in re-election to go against that grain, to rob the culture, if you will in terms of upheaval about so i thiso i think that is the big story. >> jason, what is the biggest challenge that faces governor christie? >> he needs to learn the same thing rick perry learned which is if you're running for president, people will start looking at your background. that is the long term lesson. this is not going to end now. it is clear that his office engaged in a bunch of petty high school hijinx not only in this situation, but the way that they communicated suggests this happened at other times. so if he wants to be a contender for 2016, he has to come clean now because this will continue to linger. >> do you think he can invoke executive privilege and keep things in this investigation to himself? would that be a bad thing for him to do?
>> that would be a very bad thing. obama has 2 million people working for him, can he say i didn't know stuff. but chris christie can't say i didn't know what the four closest people to me in my administration were doing. >> the somewhere for responsible politics reporting that the media is a little more than a million dollars, but lawmakers have not voted to extend unemployment insurance. and the cut to food stamps. lawmakers have not voted to boost the federal minimum wage. so is there a disconnect? >> definitely. but this is not new. and it's important to remember if you look back to the constitutional convention, they had to decide if people without land would be allowed to vote. so members of congress have always been wealthier and disconnected from regular people. by the time you get into congress, you are rich. and i think that's one of the biggest problems we have in the country. we have to make sure the men and women still remember the constituents they're representing. >> robert, does being a millionaire present challenges for lawmakers to relate to the
average middle class american? >> no, not at all. when you look at john f. ken, franklin roosevelt, some of the most progressive democrats were worth hundreds of millions of dollars. in f. kennedy would be worth about a billion dollars in today's dollars. look at republican millionaires, richard nixon who created the environmental protection agency and other progressive agencies in 1970s, there's no disconnect. the question is whether or not these individuals are representing their constituents and when you take a look at individual members of congress, they get high remarks. looking at congress overall, it's 6% but most get re-elected because they connect and that's what their constituents say with the realities of their district. >> to that end, eleanor, congress is suffering the lowest approval ratings ever right now but ultimately this is the voters. is there some kind of disconnect here and people are not happy with the job that lawmakers are doing?
i mean, the question always fascinated by here, how do you explain voters elected the politicians time and time again with the 6% approval rating? >> it's the devil you know. you are not voting for the entire congress. you are voting for just your particular congress person and maybe he or she represents your views but overall the congress is out of touch. if they were connecting as well as robert said they are, they would n't have the low ratings and the senate was the millionaires club. now that particular virus infected the house, as well. when's different today is that you have to acquire a lot of money in order to run credibly for public office and so i think that does attract a certain class of people, if you will. i think it does lock out people who might otherwise serve. and i do think that the disconnect that we see plays out in a congress that seems perfectly willing to legislate from an ideological perspective,
particularly on extending unemployment insurance and no sense of how their policiy ies actually affect regular, every day people. >> all right. flying tomato and political cheerleader. next in the big three's must reads. i have a big meeting when we land, but i am so stuffed up, i can't rest. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. they don't? [ male announcer ] nope. they don't have a decongestant. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka seltzer plus night fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast-acting decongestant to relieve your stuffy nose. [ inhales deeply ] alka seltzer plus. oh. what a relief it is. [ male announcer ] can't find theraflu, try alka seltzer plus for fast liquid cold and flu relief. of the dusty basement at 1406 35th street the old dining table at 25th and hoffman. ...and the little room above the strip mall off roble avenue. ♪ this magic moment it is the story of where every great idea begins. and of those who believed they had the power to do more.
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we are back with the big three's must read. jason we'll start with you. what is yours? >> the karachi crusader. think of "taken" and "proof of life" and put it in pakistan. there's a crime in pakistan and battling crime. it is a fascinating, intricate look into a country we have been dealing with for years with a perspective of one man to make a change. >> wow. he sounds bold and brave trying to do that. >> yes. >> great read. robert, what is yours? >> mine is about terry
mcauliffe. what's interesting, "the new york times" really does kind of walk the reader through the clinton administration if you will. you have mayor deblasio in new york. you have terrence mcauliffe and financed the clintons first mortgage in 1997, the friend and chief in the clinton administration scandals and helped bill clinton win in '96. really interesting story about the alumni machine, if you will. >> thank you, your excellence sy. let's move on to eleanor. >> cover story of "the new york times" magazine is about the snowborder going to sochi to represent us and trying to perfect i think the corkscrew -- >> mega flip triple whatever. in and out. >> exactly. he is sitting atop quite a financial kingdom, if you will. he gave a reporter a lot of access because -- >> yeah. >> there is a number of revealing moments and he is
really struggling with i think a sense of wondering whether people like him and -- >> come on. we love him. >> it's a -- >> he rocks. >> it is an inside look at shawn white. >> thank you. we love you all, as well. that's a wrap. we'll see you. coughs ] [ male announcer ] so he can't let a cold keep him up tonight. coughs ] vicks nyquil. powerful nighttime 6 symptom cold and flu relief. ♪
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